Have you heard about the Digital Dilemmas Colloquium, happening August 5 – 6, 2016, at University of Waterloo? Our own Dr. Aimée Morrison is one of the keynotes; the other is Dr. Brittney Cooper, of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, and a frequent contributor to Salon.com. For more information, see below.
Transforming gender identities and power relations in everyday life
The proliferation of digital technologies, virtual spaces, and new forms of engagement raise key questions about the changing nature of gender relations and identities within democratic societies. This colloquium will bring together scholars, graduate students and policy makers/advocates to explore how our everyday leisure lives are being transformed by technology in ways that inform and challenge gender injustice for women, men, and transgender citizens. Identifying leisure related practices that are virtual and visceral, the discussion will be broadly oriented around three digital dilemmas:
- How do virtual voices influence issues at the intersection of gender and (in)justice?
- How do innovative methodologies enable new insights into the social transformation of gender relations, digital cultures, and social justice?
- How is digital technology shaping relationships between diverse citizens, communities and policy makers in the context of gender equity?
Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the colloquium will draw upon different theories, methodologies, and applied (policy and practice related) perspectives to examine the interrelationships of gendered leisure, advocacy, and civic engagement.
In doing so, we seek to advance new approaches to understanding, critiquing, and mobilizing action within the complex gendered relations between leisure spaces and digital practices.